Metal News for February 7, 2008
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Across Tundras has lined up a slew of spring tour dates. Here are the latest:
3/19 Denver, CO @ Kingdom of Doom w/ Indian, Clinging to the Trees
3/21 Lawrence, KS @ The Jackpot w/ Peelander Z, Lethe
3/22 Chicago, IL @ The Guesthouse w/ Cougar Den, Angel Eyes
3/23 Moline, IA @ Mixtapes
3/24 Milwaukee, WI @ Six Flags Basement w/ This Specific Dream
3/27 Minneapolis, MN @ Stasiu's" w/ Battlefields, Empires, Castle
3/28 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium w/ Battlefields
3/29 Lincoln, NE @ Pile House w/ Samothrace, Motherpile
3/31 Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern w/ Indian
4/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
4/18 Boise, ID @ Myrtle Morgue
4/19 Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
4/20 Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon (Seismic Emanations Festival)
4/21 Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck w/ Ninth More Black
4/22 Chico, CA @ Monstros Pizza
4/23 Oakland, CA @ Stork Club
4/24 Oakland, CA @ Bay Area
4/25 Hollywood, CA @ Relax Bar
4/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles
4/27 San Diego, CA @ San Diego
4/28 Tucson, AZ @ The Living Room w/ Hellas Mounds, Via Vengeance
4/29 Phoenix, AZ @ The Space w/ Hellas Mounds, Arc of the Aurora
4/30 Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe, NM @ TBA
5/1 Pueblo, CO @ TBA
5/2 Colorado Springs, CO @ Rocket Room
Alesana, The Chariot, Sky Eats Airplane, Lovehatehero, and Our Last Night will hit the road in late-March for an extensive tour. Here are the latest tour dates:
3/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
3/23 Boise, ID @ The Venue
3/24 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/25 Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
3/26 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
3/28 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
3/30 Palmdale, CA @ Palmdale Veterans Hall
3/31 Fresno, CA @ The Belmont (The Exit)
4/1 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
4/2 Bakersfield, CA @ Golden State Hall
4/4 Westlake, CA @ Kung Foo Corner
4/5 Irvine, CA @ Bamboozle Left
4/6 San Diego, CA @ Soma
4/7 Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse
4/8 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
4/9 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/10 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
4/11 Madison, WI @ The Loft
4/12 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 Tinley Park, IL @ Mojoes Rock House
4/14 Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelletones
4/15 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
4/16 Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
4/17 Montreal, QUE @ Club Lambi
4/18 Allston, MA @ International Community Church
4/19 Providence, RI @ Living Room
4/20 New York, NY @ The Blender Theatre at Gramercy
4/21 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
4/22 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club (Downstairs)
4/23 Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
4/24 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/25 Orlando, FL @ The Social
4/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
4/27 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
4/28 Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel Coffeehouse
4/29 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
5/1 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
5/2 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
5/3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Bamboozle
5/4 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
5/5 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
5/6 Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
5/7 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
5/8 Joplin, MO @ The Foundry Music Theatre
5/9 Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Ballroom
5/10 Dallas, TX @ The Door
5/11 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
5/12 E. Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
5/13 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
5/14 McAllen, TX @ South Texas College
Red Sparowes and Russian Circles will team up for a West Coast tour in late-March. Here are teh latest tour dates:
3/20 Seattle @ Neumo's
3/21 Vancouver @ Richard's on Richards
3/22 Portland @ Berbati's
3/26 San Francisco @ Bottom of the Hill
3/27 Los Angeles @ Echoplex
3/28 San Diego @ Casbah
3/29 Phoenix @ the Brickhouse
THE RED CHORD have issued the following update:
"Following the JOB FOR A COWBOY dates we have added some additional shows including four (4) dates with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, HATE ETERNAL and DECREPIT BIRTH."
"We are still playing the show on February 11th in Indianapolis, but we have unforunately had to cancel our Pittsburgh show on February 12th. We will back back to Pittsburgh with CONVERGE in April."
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
7 - Dayton, OH - The Attic Club (with Job for a Cowboy, Skeletonwitch)
8 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall (with Job for a Cowboy, Skeletonwitch, Destroy Destroy Destroy)
9 - Joplin, MO - The Foundry (with Job for a Cowboy, Skeletonwitch)
10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Bricktown Ballroom (with Job for a Cowboy, Skeletonwitch)
11 - Indianapolis, IN - Harrisonn Center For The Arts (with Black Arrows Of Filth And Impurity, Armana Reign)
12 - Sauget, IL - Pops (with The Black Dahlia Murder, Hate Eternal, Decrepit Birth)
13 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues (with The Black Dahlia Murder, Hate Eternal, Decrepit Birth)
14 - Cleveland, OH - Peabodys Down Under (with The Black Dahlia Murder, Hate Eternal, Decrepit Birth)
15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre (with The Black Dahlia Murder, Hate Eternal, Decrepit Birth)
SKID ROW has scheduled five dates in Indonesia in March. The band's schedule is now shaping up as follows:
Feb. 23 - Victoria, TX - Riverside Convention Center
Feb. 24 - Austin, TX - Rock City Ice House
Feb. 28 - Calgary, AB - Snatch Rock N Roll Lounge
Feb. 29 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Center
Mar. 01 - Couer'D Alene, ID - The Grail
Mar. 02 - Victoria, BC - Element Nightclub
Mar. 07 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Lapangan D, Senayan, Complex Gelora Bung Karno
Mar. 09 - Bandung, Indonesia - Stadium Siliwangi, Complex Army
Mar. 11 - Semarang, Indonesia - Stadium Diponogoro, Complex Sport Hall
Mar. 13 - Surabaya, Indonesia - Stadium Gelora 10 Nopember, Tambaksari Street
Mar. 15 - Malang, Indonesia - Lapangan Rampal, Complex Army Batalyon Infantri
Mar. 28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Mar. 29 - Factoryville, PA - Trailside Inn
Apr. 26 - Leesburg, FL - Leesburg Bike Fest
Jul. 11 - Boerne, TX - Javelina Harley Davidson Festival
WITH DEAD HANDS RISING have set April 29th as the release date for their album “Expect Hell” through Mediaskare Records. Featuring 11 tracks, the album was produced by John Clardy and mixed by Zack Ohren (As Blood Runs Black, All Shall Perish, Embrace The End). Three of those songs can be heard on the band’s MySpace page.
French metal act THE OLD DEAD TREE has scheduled a concert at Le Trabendo in Paris on April3. According to the band, "some old stuff and covers among more traditional pieces will be played live. We will also announce a very special guest shortly."
A new THE OLD DEAD TREE track, entitled "Dive", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the Parisian goth metallers' new album, "The Water Fields", which was released in September 2007 via Season of Mist. The CD was recorded at Stage One Studio in Germany with producer Andy Classen.
Speaking about the new CD, vocalist/guitarist Manuel stated, "The band went further again, reaching a new stage in terms of songwriting and maturity. This album is much heavier and darker, but also more diverse and full of sheer emotion! Even the production of Andy Classen outdoes the job on our previous material."
Ligeia and Since The Flood will hit the road together in mid-March for a few weeks of touring.
The following dates have been confirmed thus far:
Dates w/ The Miles Between
3/19 Monroe, CT @ Skatetime Roller Rink
3/20 Pompton Lakes, NJ @ Mainstage
3/21 East Strousburg, PA @ Monster Factory
3/22 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
3/23 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
3/24 Thomasville, NC @ Soundvent
3/25 Augusta, GA @ Club Hollywood
dates w/ Carnifex, With Blood Comes Cleansing
4/1 Panama City, FL @ VFW Post
4/2 New Orleans, LA @ The High Ground
4/3 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
4/5 Wichita Falls, TX @ American Legion 169
4/6 Shawnee, OK @ Fusion Affect Venue
4/7 Albuquerque, NM @ Moonlight Lounge
4/8 Mesa, AZ @ Cell Black Venue
dates w/ Unholy, With Blood Comes Cleansing
4/11 West Lake, CA @ Kung Fo Corner
dates w/ It Prevails, Unholy
4/14 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/15 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/18 Fargo, ND @ Red Raven Espresso Parlor
4/19 Minneapolis, MN @ Showcase Skatepark
4/20 Iowa City, IA @ Picador
4/24 Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
4/25 Charleroi, PA @ Club Octane
4/26 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
4/27 Worcester, MA @ New England Metal Fest
3 INCHES OF BLOOD has cancelled its remaining US tour dates with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, HATE ETERNAL and DECREPIT BIRTH, as well as Canadian dates with RAMMER due to inclement weather and safety concerns.
Cam Pipes said today, "It was not an easy decision to make, but due to the rapidly declining weather in the remaining areas of the tour, we have decided that it would be unsafe to continue touring in these conditions. We have had a great time with all the bands on this tour, so it is especially disappointing to have to cancel our remaining appearances. We are committed to rescheduling the shows when the weather is safer and the roads less treacherous. Sorry to disappoint anybody, but we would rather stay safe and live to play another day."
TRIVIUM Fan Club site TriviumWorld.com reports:
"The guys are in studio! The new demos recording is in progress!!! For sure you can not hear it but you can see them exclusive on Triviumworld's Virtual Ticket! Enjoy..."
During a recent interview with Metal Injection at NAMM 2008, vocalist and lead guitarist Matt Heafy reveled new details about the writing/recording of their new CD, the follow-up to 2006's The Crusade:
"We started demoing after Family Values, like October. We started writing some songs, demoing them. The demo quality is so good it sounds like a real album, which is awesome, so it gives us a really good basis to compare and fix shit, so we've been revising and going back in and changing shit up. We're doing another set of demos. I think we're probably going to have 30 songs to pick from and we're working with Nick Raskalenicks (FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH, DEATH ANGEL)."
Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have scheduled their first-ever UK signing session on Saturday, March 8 between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m at the Zavvi shop on London's Oxford Street.
For more information, visit www.zavvi.co.uk.
According to a posting on the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes Of Bodom, Spinefarm Records will release a digipack version of CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album, "Blooddrunk", on April 9. The set will include a bonus DVD featuring the songs mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, the "Blooddrunk" video, a "making-of-the-video" segment, and a photo gallery. In addition, the CD will feature CHILDREN OF BODOM's cover of STAN JONES' "Ghost Riders In The Sky" as a bonus track. More...
Canadian experimental/noise duo NADJA have announced North American and European tour dates for this spring.
The tour dates coincide with the North American reissue of Nadja's Skin Turns To Glass album, that
will be in stores on April 1st via The End Records.
The confirmed live dates, with more to be announced, are:
6 - Under The Snow Festival - Montreal, QC
7 - Europa- Brooklyn, NY
10 - Harvest Records - Asheville, NC
15 - SXSW: End of An Ear Records in-store (1pm) & The End Records Showcase (9pm) - Austin, TX
18 - The Zombie Lounge - San Diego, CA
19 - The Scene Bar - Los Angeles, CA
20 - The Jail Gallery - Los Angeles, CA (Aidan Baker set)
22 - Aquarius Records in-store show - San Francisco, CA
23 - March Into Darkness Festival - Portland, OR
27 - The Kingdom Of Doommar - Denver, CO
28 - The Dusty Bookshelf - Manhattan, KS
30 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
18 - Botanique - Brussels, Belgium
19 - Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, Holland
20 - Die Friese - Bremen, Germany
22 - Marketable - Hamburg, Germany
24 - Katapultapr 24 - Arhus, Denmark
25 - Loppen Apr 25 - Copenhagen, Denmark More...
A new CARACH ANGREN track, entitled "A Strange Presence Near The Woods", is available for streaming on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the Dutch symphonic black metal act's new concept album, "Lammendam", due on April 18 via Maddening Media, the label run by LE GRAND GUIGNOL singer Philip Breuer. Check out the cover artwork at this location.
"Lammendam" track listing:
01. Het Spook Van De Leiffartshof (intro)
02. A Strange Presence Near The Woods
03. Haunting Echoes From The Seventeenth Century
04. Hexed Melting Flesh (Bridge)
05. Phobic Shadows And Moonlit Meadows
06. The Carriage Wheel Murder
07. Corpse In A Nebulous Creek
08. Invisible Physic Entity (Bridge)
09. Heretic Poltergeist Phenomena
10. Malediction De La Madame Blanche
Finnish "progressive death" metallers ELENIUM, whose lineup includes current OMNIUM GATHERUM vocalist Jukka Pelkonen (a.k.a. "J"), have posted their video for the song "Up the Long Ladder" on YouTube. The track comes off the group's full-length debut, "For Giving - For Getting", which was released in 2003 through England's Rage Of Achilles Records.
ELENIUM recently announced the addition of Anssi Hallio (drums), Ville Leppänen (guitar; DISORDEAD) and Lauri Koskenniemi (guitar; CRYSTAL BLAZE, ex-IMPERANON) to the group's ranks.
ELENIUM's second album, "Caught in a Wheel", was released last year via the new Finnish label Kampas Records. Two songs from the CD — "Human" and the title track — are available for listening on the group's MySpace page. More...
HEADHUNTER, the side project of DESTRUCTION madman Schmier, drum animal Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS) and guitarist Schmuddel (ex-TALON), have confirmed the tracklisting for their forthcoming album, Parasite Of Society, due out via AFM on May 23rd.
Tracklist: '3rd Man Introduction', 'Parasite Of Society', 'Silverskull', 'Remission', 'Doomsday For The Prayer', '18 And Life', 'Read My Lips', 'Backs To The Wall', 'Egomaniac', 'The Calling', 'Payback Time', 'Rapid Fire'.
The new song 'Doomsday For The Prayer' is currently streaming online here.
Headhunter are confirmed for this summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.
Portugal's HEAVENWOOD have issued the following update:
"Hi dear Woodboys and Woodgirls around the world!"
"Finally we will reveal the title for our new album, to be released in September 2008: Redemption."
The band recently inked a deal with Recital Records, who will release Redemption, the band's third album.
According to a press release, "Heavenwood was formed in 1992 as a Death-Metal band under the monicker of DISGORGED."
Stay tuned for updates.
Chicago-based experimental black metallers NACHTMYSTIUM have updated their MySpace page to stream their new track, 'Your True Enemy'. Check it out at this location.
'Your True Enemy' will be featured on Assassins, the band's new album, out this spring on Candlelight Records (Europe) and Century Media (rest of the world).
As previously reported, the band have the following European tour dates lined up with GENGHIS TRON:
10 - Engine Rooms - Brighton, UK
11 - Joseph’s Well - Leeds, UK
12 - Trillians - Newcastle, UK
13 - White Rabbit - Plymouth, UK
14 - Croft - Bristol, UK
15 - Islington Bar Academy - London, UK
16 - Muziek-O-Droom - Hassert, Belgium
17 - TBA - Holland, Netherlands
18 - TBA - Paris, France
19 - Underground - Koln, Germany
20 - Cassiopeia - Berlin, Germany
21 - Feierwerk - Munich, Germany
22 - Magnolia Club - Milan, Italy
Danish metal act MERCENARY has been confirmed to play at the legendary metal festival Wacken Open Air, which will be held from July 31st – August 2nd, 2008 in the German town Wacken.
Guitarist Jakob Mølbjerg comments: “It's a privilege for Mercenary to be able to return to Wacken this year. Playing there in 2005 was a great experience and we're certain that the festival will be a blast again this year, especially because of the amazing bill so far! Of course we're also looking immensely forward to bringing the songs from our coming album out to the hordes of German metallers!”
Previous to the release of their new album Architect Of Lies, the band will also share the stage with the mighty MEGADETH in February/March 2008. See below for the exact dates. The follow up to 2006’s The Hours That Remain (which subsequently was awarded the Danish Metal Award in the category “Best Album”) will be available on the following release dates:
- Denmark: Monday, March 17th, 2008
- Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: Friday, March 21st, 2008
- UK, France, Norway, rest of Europe: Monday, March 24th, 2008
- Spain, Portugal: Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
- Sweden, Finland, Hungary: March 26th, 2008 More...
LISTENABLE RECORDS issue the following press release:
BLOODJIN have updated us with a new live video on youtube, "Break The Silence" filmed by Series DVD and Kotk Productions on December 9th, 2007 at Greene Street Club in Greensboro, NC.
Vocalist Joel Collins explains the meaning of the album title:
"Bloodjinn means to hit with heavy force, just as the original spelling and meaning. "This Machine Runs On Empty" is basically saying that we have been a band for 9 years and through constant strife in the industry, we've continued to never give up our dream. The "machine", meaning Bloodjinn, has ran on empty for so long with the lack of help, that we are back stronger than ever and ready to take this world by storm. We put so much of our personal and daily lives into this band. We have ruined relationships, lost jobs and lived like we're punk rock just working non-stop around the clock trying to reach our music out to as many people as we can. "
BLOODJINN's new album "This Machine Runs on Empty" is to be released on LISTENABLE on February 4th, 2008 More...
Dark Tranquillity issue the following update:
"Finally! For the first time in our 19 year old career, we have the pleasure of announcing that we'll bring our madness to Russia. It's long overdue, so make sure that we'll prepare a very special show for the loyal supporters over there."
"More details will follow in the near future, but these are the dates that just got confirmed:"
"Apr. 23: Kiev - Nau
Apr. 24: Moscow - Tochka
Apr. 25: St Petersburg - Port
Apr. 26: Krasnodar - Premera"
Opiate For The Masses, the quartet from Los Angeles, have signed a worldwide record deal with Century Media Records.
Opiate For The Masses are also proud to announce the addition of renowned bassist Anna Kjellberg (ex-Drain STH, Hanzel Und Gretyl, Revolting Cocks) to the fold, which immediately adds another great dynamic to their already devastating live show.
They recently completed work on their much anticipated new full-length album, "Manifesto," recorded by two Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producers: Ulrich Wild (Slipknot, Deftones) and John Travis (Kid Rock, Buckcherry). The new offering is a propulsive mix of sheer hard rock aggression, soaring melodies and electronic experimentation that could be best described as Alice In Chains meets Prodigy. Manifesto is slated for a summer release. You can visit the group's Myspace to check out some older tracks, photos and videos.
Kaufman further comments: "Since its conception, Opiate For The Masses has been a band in a constant state of transformation. Unwilling to change course merely to fit in among the flavors of the week, this band has gained popularity by blazing new trails for others to follow. The completion of our latest and boldest album, Manifesto, signals a new era for the band's experimentation, yet the resulting sound is something more accessible to the masses.
"We are also extremely pleased with the addition of world-renown musicians, Seven Antonopoulos and Anna K, as their great recording and live contributions added so much depth to our arsenal. The group feels that the final puzzle piece has been put into place as it has teamed up with Century Media to release this musically ground-breaking record. This is such a great opportunity for band and label alike. Both parties are comprised of forward-thinking, hard-working and true fans of music."
Opiate For The Masses created a solid buzz and diehard fanbase with their self-produced debut album, "The Spore," backed by a slew of major tours alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, My Chemical Romance and Static-X, among countless others. They were also a featured act on the inaugural Taste of Chaos tour. A track from the upcoming album, "Dead Underground," originally appeared on the Saw III soundtrack and exposed the band to a whole new audience.
The Human Abstract has announced the departure of guitarist A.J. Minette as a result of artistic differences. Minette has been replaced by Andrew Tapley. Meanwhile, the band has also added keyboard player Sean Leonard to their roster. Here's the official word from singer Nathan Ells:
"I want to say all of this in the most honest and unbiased way possible: The Human Abstract have collectively felt it appropriate to inform its fanbase that A.J. Minette is no longer in the band. A.J. and the rest of the group had been at odds with each other about the artistic direction of the new album. A.J. was tired of playing metal, plain and simple, and the rest of the band wanted to continue the high-energy live shows and hard edged sound they had fashioned and developed over the past two years of touring, and felt like totally changing the sound on the audience of fans and friends they had built would have been like a smack in the face to all those that had been coming out and supporting the shows. A.J.'s exact words were: 'I don't feel like I can get onstage and feel honest about playing metal anymore.' The Human Abstract has always been, and will continue to be, a heavy band. We would all like to thank A.J. for his contribution and efforts in The Human Abstract over the past 3 years.
"In light of A.J.'s departure, The Human Abstract has gained two new members: A new guitarist, Andrew Tapley, and a new keyboard prodigy Sean Leonard. The Human Abstract has been getting along better than ever, and has been hard at work in the studio with producer Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, In Flames) on their sophomore release, which will be a multi-level non-fiction concept album... something with a storyline that tells real stories about real people, something that tells a story that lies so deeply within the human cycle of being, that it has always been, and may always be within the recesses of our concious thought. We definitely want to strike a chord with such force on this particular effort, that all who hear it, must listen to its important message within message display. We've always been a band that barrels into the adversity and opportunity thrown our way, and definitely didn't turn a shy eye to the opportunity to work with the legendary Toby Wright, or turn away from the opportunity to play on this year's Take Action tour with Every Time I Die, From First To Last, The Bled, and August Burns Red, starting February 14th in Detroit, Michigan."
As previously reported, The Human Abstract entered the studio last month to begin recording their upcoming Hopeless Records sophomore release. The band is working at the Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, CA with producer Toby Wright (Metallica, Slayer).